Dune: People: Duncan Idaho

Duncan was born on Geidi Prime, the home world of the Harkonnen. At an early age the Idaho’s were enslaved by Harkonnen’s for allegedly having anti-Harkonnen feelings. The Idaho’s were ratted out by a family friend, so that she could advance a notch up the pyon ladder. Duncan’s sister was sent off to a Harkonnen Brothel, and his parents were locked up in a tiny cell. Duncan on the other hand was hunted for sport. Every day for over a year he played a dangerous game of hide-and-seek with the Barony guards. Duncan was told that if he wasn’t captured for along period of time that his family would be set free.

Duncan did just that. Too bad for him that his captures were compulsive liars! Duncan’s parent were summarily executed, and he was taken to game preserve to be hunted by “the Beast” Rabban and his lackey hunting party. The clever Duncan used the situation to his advantage, and managed to escape killing several members of the hunting party. Unfortunately Rabban was not one of them. His escape was aided by the traitor. It turns out her information was unrewarded, so she decided to help free Duncan as revenge against the Harkonnens. Not to make up for her cruelty though!

She took him to Caladan and told him to swear his loyalty to Duke Minthros Atreides. But he first had to get to him. The traitor dropped him off on the wrong side of the planet! A year later, Duncan managed to gain audience with the Duke. His efforts were rewarded with the position of Salusa Bull Stable Hand (he cleaned up bullcrap).

Checkout other News & Reviews from Sci Fi SadGeezers:
Futurama: S02E05: Why Must I Be A Crustacean In Love

Eventually he worked his way up to the Atriedes guard, this time serving the old Duke’s son, Leto I. After showing great battle savy he was sent to Ginaz to be trained as a swordmser. Seven years alter, Duncan returned to command the Atreides army.Duncan lead many Atreides campaigns, most notably the recapturing of Ix.

When the Atreides moved to Arrakis, Duncan was sent on a mission to enlist he Fremen to help protect the Atreides fief. Duncan became the first Atreides-Fremen, forging an alliance with Stilgar’s Seitch Tabr.

Soon afterward Duncan died during the Harkonnen invasion of Dune. Specifically, allowing Paul and Jessica enough time to escape while he took on the Sardikar troops. It took seven of the Emperor’s best fighters to take him down!

Duncan Idaho lives on in ghola form, in the rest of the Dune novels.

Duncan Idaho is played by James Watson.

Duncan “Hayt” Idaho

Duncan Idaho was reborn as an experiment. The Tleilaxu regrew his cells with one of two goals in mind. 1) Produce a ghola (regrown cells of a dead person) that can regain his former memories, or 2) Kill the Emperor Paul Muad’Dib Atreides.

Duncan’s dead body was transported to Tleilax for restoration and regeneration. Soon afterward Duncan was reborn and renamed Hayt. He was trained as a mentat and zensunni philosopher. Fourteen years after his “death” Ducan was given as a gift to his former friend and master Paul Atriedes. At this point his programming was to kill Paul. However when he tried to do so, his memories were forced back into his body, by the stress of trying to kill someone he swore just great loyalty to. Duncan restore allegiance to House Atreides.

Checkout other News & Reviews from Sci Fi SadGeezers:
Futurama: People: Philip J Fry

After Muad’Dib walked out into the desert, Duncan married his sister Alia. Several years after the marriage, Alia slipped into abomination (went insane), and began to cheat on Duncan with Javid. He soon realized Alia’s insanity; and how she was destroying the Atriedes Dynasty, and hers attempts to kill the royal twins Leto II and Ghanima. He broke away from his wife and began to side with other Atreides, namely Jessica.

To usurp Alia, he had to get Fremen support. At the time Seitch Tabr was neutral in the Atreides-Dune civil unrest. To force Tabr to attack Alia, Duncan “Hayt” Atriedes forced Stilgar to kill him. In doing so Stilgar broke neutrality and by default had to fight against Alia.

Duncan’s story is far from over!

Duncan “Hayt” Idaho is mstered by Edward Atterton

Discuss this character in the Dune Forum

Dune reviews are © 2003 Ryan Bechtel and Greg Frantz.
Not for reproduction without the authors express permission.

Dune names, characters and everything else associated with the series are the property of Sci-Fi Channel, New Amsterdam Entertainment, and the assorted publishing companies who own the rights to the various Dune novels.

Share this:

Related posts

The Boys Season 2 First Impressions Review

The Boys Season 2 First Impressions Review

For those of us suffering Sci Fi Comic Book fatigue (re Marvel Universe) you will find this season of The Boys refreshing, fun, horrible and marvellous (usually at the same time) – One of the best Sci Fi Shows this year! It’s great! Watch it!

Star Trek: Picard S01E03 – Episode Review

Star Trek: Picard S01E03 - Episode Review

In this episode review of Star Trek Picard we see Soji is still completely unaware that she is a synthetic being, she tries to help claim back captured Romulan members of the Borg Collective. One of them tells her she recognises her as 'The Destroyer'. Meanwhile, Picard, Laris and Zhaban are attacked by a crack Romulan assassination squad. They survive but Picard needs to leave in a hurry to find Dr Bruce Maddox, the person who probably created Soji and Dahj. Picard engages a crew to help him: A former Starfleet officer, Rios, his old friend Raffi and Dr. Agnes Jurati.

The Witcher S01E08 – Episode Review – Much More

The Witcher S01E08 - Episode Review - Much More

This is a detailed review with lots of pictures. The episode is about the convergence of three timelines and a how Nilfgaard was given a bit of a slap. We finally see how cool sorcerers are and especially how powerful Yennefer is.

Star Trek: Picard S01E02 – Episode Review

Star Trek: Picard S01E02 - Episode Review

In this Episode Review we see that Picard starts to investigate the death of Dahj with the assistance of Dr. Agnes Jurati and a former colleague, Raffi Musiker. Starfleet and some other more secretive Romulan forces are concerned what he might uncover and particularly where the truth about Dahj will lead.

The Witcher Episode 7 Review – Before a Fall

The Witcher Episode 7 Review - Before a Fall

In this Witcher Episode we noticed that “Before a Fall” was certainly less trivial in its portrayal without Jaskier. Indeed, the start of the war between Cintra and Nilfgaard and sending a group of mages face an army (with their own fanatically devout religious mages willing to die for their cause) with the realisation and sense of destiny playing on Geralt to find and protect Ciri adds a level of story depth with a different entertainment value that the excellent big character development scenes. In this episode, the narrative was definitely more focused on the story.

Star Trek: Picard S01E01 Episode Review – Explained

Star Trek: Picard S01E01 Episode Review - Explained

Episode Review: Picard meets Dahj after she is attacked by Romulan assassins and something 'activates' within her and she gets an image of Picard in her mind. She seeks him out to see if he can help explain what is happening to her. Picard travels to the Daystrom Institute in Okinawa and meets with Dr. Agnes Jurati, who reveals Dahj may be Data's daughter through an experimental procedure known as fractal neuronic cloning – meaning she is an android with an organic body but a positronic brain. She goes on to say that this activity results in twins.

The Witcher S01E06 Episode Review – Rare Species

The Witcher S01E06 Episode Review - Rare Species

This Witcher Episode Review is about as close to a typical Geralt of Rivia story as you can get - that is, a monster and a dilemma. It also lets us see one of the classic fantasy genre monsters of all time - dragons!  There was much less gratuitous in this episode which was a shame, but it was certainly good fun to watch.  The graphics were really good.  Ok, not as good as the amazing dragons in Game of Thrones, but definitely better than the Kikimora from the first episode. Though to be honest, I thought the Kikimora graphics were pretty good too.

The Witcher Episode Review S01E05 – Bottled Appetites

The Witcher Episode Review S01E05 - Bottled Appetites

The meeting between Geralt and Yennefer really delivers! Their get together bubbled with raw energy, sexual charisma, and fun that kept is all entertained. Cavill and Chalotra looked really good together and look physically and mentally well matched, That wasn't just good acting, it was good writing and direction too.

Novoland: Eagle Flag Review – Introduction

Novoland: Eagle Flag Review - Introduction

Novoland: Eagle Flag is a Chinese costume drama that chronicles the early lives of three young heroes and their struggle against an evil warlord and a number of dangerous and expanding dark forces. It is hugely popular in China and developing a cult following ion the west. At the time of writing it had nearly 2 billion views on its Weibo page, and when it was released, it was the most anticipated drama of the year.